Vancouver Police have arrested a 20-year-old male after he allegedly exposed himself to two teenage girls and forced one of them into a car early Tuesday morning.
According to a statement by police, at approximately 8 a.m. a 13-year-old girl was walking near Mackenzie Street and West 45th Avenue when the suspect drove up to her, asked her for directions and requested that she get in the car.
The man then proceeded to open the car door, grabbed the girl and pulled her inside the vehicle. Police allege the man stopped the car and exposed himself, but the girl was able to open the door and run away.
About 30 minutes after the first incident, the man approached a 16-year-old girl who was walking down Dunbar Street near West 37th Avenue. The man apparently drove up to the young girl, asked for directions and exposed himself. The girl ran away and the car drove off.
There were no injuries sustained to either victim, but both individuals were traumatized by the incidents.
Police were able to make an arrest at 12:30 p.m., shortly after the incidents occurred. The suspect is in police custody and now facing charges of forcible confinement, two counts of indecent exposure and one count of fraud under $5,000.
“Both of these girls showed a lot of courage by running to a safe place and calling for help,” said VPD spokesperson Sergeant Randy Fincham in a statement. “By reporting the incident immediately, police were able to identify the suspect and take a dangerous person off the street.”
Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call the Vancouver Police Sex Crimes Unit at 604-717-0601.